Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tyresö Nyfors; 22nd June 2009

Had only just cast my first livebait when this jack Pike struck it, this before a very interesting night fishing session that was frustrating, yet some thing of a success nevertheless....
Tyresö Nyfors, Älbysjön was the selected venue for a crack at night fishing for Zander and arrived at 8pm. in order to secure some baits. A few small Perch were soon picked up on a float fished worm, though the hoped for Roach and Loi were not at first. Immediatly hit a jack Pike on the first cast. A short while later Linda had a lift on her bite indicator, then nothing. An inspection of her bait revealed a badly mauled bait towards the rear, no typical razor cut Pike tooth marks though, rather Perch or Zander the culprit. Fish activity was high with shoals of baitfish began scattering on the surface as they were attacked from below by unseen predators. As darkness fell I had more bites and dropped runs, mangled live baits the result. A small Bream and a two Roach all taken from behind and were scored roughly and crushed towards the tail, feel these baits were hit by Zander which dropped the baits. Then another fish hit on a larger Roach and an exremely powerful fish, surely a big Pike, hooped the rod over after a few moments when it seemed to realize it was hooked. This fish bit through the line, I can only assume the bait swam back over the mainline, was then engulfed and the teeth did the rest. Linda had another bait marked badly before the feeding spell passed and activity dropped off.
A frustrating night yes, but interesting all the same. Figure the problem is too much resistance on the leger rig causing dropped runs, which in itself is a classic sign of Zander, which do not like resistance. Using a heavier lead might well be the answer, the heavier the lead the more static it stays and the fish will pull line through the eye of the lead without dislodging it and feeling resistance. Float fishing with nightlite inserts for visibility might also prove very, very efficient.
Will try another few sessions at night for Zander. Securing good bait is key, small Roach, Bleak or especially Loi being the fisrt option if possible, perhaps arriving earlier and concentrating on these might be an idea.(A throwing net would be ideal, bait fish are everywhere in the lake in the margins.) Given good quality bait and some refinemnts in the rigs I figure some good results could be had from this lake with regard to Zander, as well as some very big Perch and Pike also before the fall of darkness...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Lidingö; 8th June 2009

6lb. 9oz. Pike

6lb. 9oz. Pike

A nice perch of around 12oz.

Out to Lidingö in the afternoon, proved to be rather slow as expected, a cold windt day. A few small Bream, Perch and Rudd were taken on the legered worm, the best fish a Perch of about 12oz. Best fish of the day came right at the end of the day when my Rudd livebait was snatched and the bite alarm went into overdrive. A great scrap followed, the fish running really well three times before it was landed and weighed, the fish a Pike of 6lb. 9oz.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Malaren; Lovon; 7th June 2009

1lb 1oz. Rudd

1lb 1oz. Rudd

Malaren lake at east side of Lovon, the whole area is known as a superb predator fishery, with Pike, Perch and Zander fishing excellent in the area....
Popped down to this site for a morning session after identifying the area as one of Stockholms best Zander venues, though was left thouroughly frustrated by a total lack of small bait fish in the area. I failed to catch a single bait sized fish all morning and had no deadbaits with me, this meant the predators went unfished for all day. My frustration was made even worse when a boat appeared close by and the two anglers aboard caught several Pike into double figures on jerkbaits! With no natural baits caught and no artificial lures in my bag I was, by then, well pissed off!
The day wasnot a total disapointment however. One lovely Rudd of just over a pound was caught from amongst the reeds, with another good fish lost, offering some consolation on the day. Both fish took a slowly sinking float fished worm...